Theuns Stofberg
Full names: Marthinus Theunis Steyn
Date of birth: 6 Jun 1955
Place of birth: Villiers
School: Grey College
Springbok no: 489
Debut test province: Orange Free State
Physical: 1.96m, 109kg
Date of death: 23 Aug 2023 (Age 68)

Test summary: Tests: 21 Tries: 6
First Test: 14 Aug 1976 Age:21 Flank against New Zealand at Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
Last Test: 9 Jun 1984 Age:29 Flank against England at Ellispark, Johannesburg
Test history:
14 Aug 197621FlankNew ZealandLose: 9-15 Free State Stadium, BloemfonteinOFS
04 Sep 197621FlankNew ZealandWin: 15-10 Newlands, Cape TownOFS
27 Aug 197722FlankWorld InvitationWin: 45-242 triesLoftus Versfeld, PretoriaOFS
26 Apr 198024FlankSouth AmericaWin: 24-9 Wanderers, JohannesburgN-Tvl
03 May 198024FlankSouth AmericaWin: 18-9 Kingspark, DurbanN-Tvl
31 May 198024FlankBritainWin: 26-22 Newlands, Cape TownN-Tvl
14 Jun 198025FlankBritainWin: 26-191 tryFree State Stadium, BloemfonteinN-Tvl
28 Jun 198025FlankBritainWin: 12-10 Boet Erasmus, Port ElizabethN-Tvl
12 Jul 198025FlankBritainLose: 13-17 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaN-Tvl
18 Oct 198025Flank (C)South AmericaWin: 22-131 tryWanderers Club, MontevideoN-Tvl
25 Oct 198025FlankSouth AmericaWin: 30-16 Prince of Wales Country Club, SantiagoN-Tvl
08 Nov 198025FlankFranceWin: 37-151 tryLoftus Versfeld, PretoriaN-Tvl
30 May 198125FlankIrelandWin: 23-15 Newlands, Cape TownN-Tvl
06 Jun 198126FlankIrelandWin: 12-10 Kingspark, DurbanN-Tvl
15 Aug 198126Flank (C)New ZealandLose: 9-14 Lancaster Park (Jade stadium), ChristchurchN-Tvl
29 Aug 198126FlankNew ZealandWin: 24-12 Athletic Park, WellingtonN-Tvl
25 Sep 198126FlankUSAWin: 38-7 Owl Creek Polo ground, Glenville, NYN-Tvl
27 Mar 198226LockSouth AmericaWin: 50-18 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaN-Tvl
03 Apr 198226LockSouth AmericaLose: 12-21 Free State Stadium, BloemfonteinN-Tvl
02 Jun 198428Flank (C)EnglandWin: 33-15 Boet Erasmus, Port ElizabethWP
09 Jun 198429Flank (C)EnglandWin: 35-91 tryEllispark, JohannesburgWP

Theuns Stofberg

Marthinus Theunis Steyn Stofberg was born at Villiers on 6 June 1955 and was the youngest son of a Dutch Reformed Church minister. A transfer to Durban meant Theuns attended Dirkie Uys school before a move to Bloemfontein saw his education continue at Grey College.

His enrolment at university followed and Free State coach, Nelie Smith, feeling he would be better utilised as a flank instead of a lock, followed his instincts to good effect. At the tender age of 21, Theuns made his debut against the formidable All Blacks in the second Test in Bloemfontein in 1976 and, after that, never looked back.

New Zealand won that Test but the Boks took the series, having won in Durban in the first international and then in both Cape Town and Johannesburg, in the third and fourth encounters.

Although his career had taken off while playing for Free State, military service beckoned for Theuns and it was Northern Transvaal who were to benefit – as had happened on so many occasions when call-ups of prominent players were to the distinct advantage of the Blue Bulls in those days.

But another part of the world was to also profit from having the big man in its midst. Theuns went to Italy for a stint with Padua, where his commanding presence made a profound impression.

On his return Theuns was to face an uncharacteristically busy 1980 international season. He was to team up with Western Province stalwarts Morné du Plessis and Rob Louw as part of a hugely capable Springbok loose forward trio. The Boks that year played a total of four Tests against South America and won them all and outplayed the visiting British Lions 3-1. There was also a one-off Test against France at Loftus Versfeld which went the way of the home team.